July 26, 2013
Invisible Ghost is watchable for it's camp value and Clarence Muse's performance
I'm not giving this a star rating because if I were to rate this movie purely on it's cinematic merits it would be a one star movie, with perhaps an extra star for the performance of Clarence Muse. However, if I were to rate the movie based on camp value it would get four stars. This movie is pure "Mystery Science Theater" material.
The script is completely laughable. Here you'll find some of the dumbest characters and dialogue ever committed to film. I found the movie quite entertaining in an unintentionally comedic way until about the 30 or 40 minute mark, at which point the movie began to feel tedious due to the repetitive nature of the plot.
While most people will watch this movie for Bela Lugosi, I don't think his performance in this movie is very memorable. The real star of this movie, in my opinion, is Clarence Muse, who you will recognize as "Sam" from Casablanca. He plays the butler "Evans" and, considering how bad this movie is, he makes the character surprisingly compelling. Without giving too much away, I think I can say that what's interesting about the character of "Evans" is how he uses his role as a servant to allay the suspicions of others, which leads to the only intentionally comedic scene in the movie, or at least I think it's intentional. While most characters in the movie are just plain stupid, Evans seems to give the impression that he knows more than he would like, but hides behind his role as a servant in order to preserve his position and protect his employer. If analyzed, this movie may have some interesting things to say about race and class relations. However, to say that these themes were intentionally woven in to the story may be giving the movie makers too much credit. Also, the things that are said about these issues in this movie have probably already been said in other, more competent, films.
In short, two great actors in Bela Lugosi and Clarence Muse are wasted on a terrible movie. However, if you're a big fan of either actor or looking for a laugh this movie may do the trick for you.